Work has commenced on Baseball Dream Park, a new stadium for KBO League club Hanwha Eagles that intends to become a “national landmark” for South Korea.
The City of Daejeon held a groundbreaking ceremony for the project today (Wednesday), with the new venue intended to replace Hanwha Life Eagles Park. Having first opened in 1964, the ballpark is the oldest in the KBO and, with a capacity of 13,000, is also the smallest in the 10-team league.
Designed by Haeahn Architecture and set to be built by Kyeryong Construction Industrial, the Dream Park project aims to revitalise the old city centre of Daejeon and establish a new and differentiated sports complex.
By turning the existing Hanbat Sports Complex into a pedestrian-oriented cultural space devoid of vehicle traffic, Haeahn has designed the facility to provide Daejeon citizens with an open park, offering daily sports activities, performing arts, commercial offerings and experiential activities.
The new stadium is expected to cost KRW161.7bn (£101m/€115m/$124m), with an opening date set for the start of the 2025 season. Notably, the Dream Park will be the first KBO stadium with a two-tiered bullpen, enabling fans to view both the home team’s and visiting team’s relievers warming up.
Offerings in and around the stadium will include an infinity pool, surfing zone, a playground for children and interactive sports exhibits.
“Beginning in the 2025 season, Baseball Dream Park won’t just be a baseball stadium,” Daejeon Mayor Lee Jang-woo said, according to the Yonhap news agency. “We will build it into a national landmark, an arts, culture and leisure destination for everyone.”